Concepts that challenge the scientific dogma of the day are defined as “stubborn taboos” by Dean in this segment. The topics of homeopathy, cold fusion and UFO studies are all stubborn taboos. Acupuncture used to be a stubborn taboo but that status is fading. Dean also approaches his third category of taboos and reflects on the contradiction between the interest of the population with topics including psychic phenomenon and lack of university support of research in that area.
Dean Radin, Ph.D. is IONS’ Senior Scientist. Dr. Radin earned a Masters degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He has held research appointments at Princeton University, Edinburgh University, University of Nevada, and several Silicon Valley industrial research labs, where he has conducted basic research on exceptional human capacities, including psychic phenomena.
This discussion is part of the “Conversations from the Edge” 2006 series videotaped before a live audience in San Francisco.
Published on September 15, 2009